A new report says a prestigious music school in Boston allowed three male professors to quietly leave the school since 2008, after students complained they had been sexually harassed or assaulted by them.
The Boston Globe investigation, based on court documents and interviews, found several students at Berklee College of Music reported being assaulted, groped or pressured into sex with teachers.
When one woman spoke with administrators in 2012 after allegedly being assaulted by a professor, she told the paper that she was discouraged from going forward with the case. She also said she was told that the professor would never work at another school. However, that professor had gone on to teach at other schools, including the New England Conservatory in Boston.
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Berklee administrators said in a statement they take such allegations seriously and work promptly to address them. They said they were committed to a "fair and thorough process" for alleged victims and perpetrators.
"As evidenced by our past practices, where an investigation reveals a serious violation of our sexual misconduct policy, we act swiftly and decisively to remove the individuals from our community," Berklee said to the Globe.